Former Saskatchewan Huskie star Ben Heenan has signed with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
Heenan was selected first overall in the 2012 CFL draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and has been a mainstay on the Rider offensive line over the past three seasons, playing right tackle. Heenan was a starter for the 2013 team that won the Grey Cup.
Heenan had a decorated career with the Huskies, following in the footsteps of Huskie great Gene Makowsky, starting on the line as a rookie in 2008, earning the Canada West Peter Gorman nomination as rookie of the year. He was named a Canada West all-star in 2010 and 2011, a first-team CIS all-Canadian in 2010 and a second-team CIS all-Canadian in 2011.
Following the 2011 campaign, Heenan was one of two Canadians who played in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game. This earned him a high ranking by the CFL Scouting Bureau, who ranked him number two heading into the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft. In the most memorable moment in the history of the annual Dogs’ Breakfast, the Saskatchewan Roughriders President Jim Hopson announced they were drafting Heenan first overall live in front of the 2000 in attendance and those watching across Canada on TSN.
For the second consecutive season, a former Huskie has been signed by an NFL team. Former receiver Chad Rempel signed with the Chicago Bears in 2014 and played the preseason with them before finishing the year with the Roughriders.